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0 posted 2010-08-04 01:12 AM

Dusty bookshelves fill widened aisles,
flickering lights brighten ceiling tiles.
Authors well known, and many not, hold court
with readers lost in thought. Perhaps
the books lay flattened down,round students
slumbering, chair bound. A thousand names
and subjects too, religion, philosophy being
just a few. These written tomes so knowledge full,
supplanted now by digital. Now terminals replace
texts bound, but no more trees to be cut down!
Progress comes, or so they say, as written words
on pages fray. Yet we may come to rue the day,
the library closes down.

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1 posted 2010-08-04 07:39 AM

Hi, Liked this, I was trying to recall the last time I visited my library. We have everything at our fingertips now online. But I still have bookcases full of books. I will always love the feel of books and to have them in my home.But libraries I think will pass with time, sad though it is.I thought the poem flowed well and made one think!, regards jennywren

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2 posted 2010-08-04 07:45 AM

there is just something special about holding a book in your hands, and I for one, don't think the E forms of literature can replace that completely
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3 posted 2010-08-04 01:45 PM

This takes the form of a lament, and as such is very well-crafted inho.

As to the subject: Books are indeed special, and have been for a long time now. Except when a book has been deliberately vandalized or dirtied with contaminants - both of which I have unfortunately experienced as a reader - they are preferred by me to online/video reading.

As for libraries, I am 99% sure that those who have not kept up their paper card catalogs will someday regret it.

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4 posted 2010-08-04 06:00 PM

It would truely be sad if libraries were to disappear.
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5 posted 2010-08-04 10:41 PM

I believe this is the first I have read of your work....

It most certainly will not be the last.
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6 posted 2010-08-04 11:17 PM

Thank you all for your comments and warm welcome. It is much appreciated.



Life is meant to be enjoyed, not just endured.

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7 posted 2010-08-05 12:24 PM

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8 posted 2010-08-05 01:00 AM

I like the feel and content of this poem and of a real book... no doubt I will die with a book in my hand. Although, I have to admit I haven't checked a book out from the library in almost 20 years. I guess its a matter of creating my own library at home to pass on to my children. But then, I still use a turntable too.

"We'll chase them like rats across the tundra."

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9 posted 2010-08-06 02:54 PM

First time I have read your poetry but I will be looking for it in the future. Made me think about books and libraries and where we are going will that.

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10 posted 2010-08-06 10:05 PM

I have a dear friend who wrote a poem similar in tone, but took the reader with her to the places visited by the names of the novels and stories we all know in some form or another...

and this is as good as hers. Into my library it goes!

" It matters not this distance now  " Excerpt, Yesterday's Love

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